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of the state department has issued a report on the events that took place in benghazi, september 11 of this year. i think it is excellent. there are other committees in congress that have begun other investigations and i think that each of these will contribute to our understanding of what happened in benghazi and help to make sure that nothing like it happens again. under the senate rules, our committee has a special responsibility for oversight. as i said, for the interaction of different agencies of government, it is through that lens that after the tragic events of benghazi on such a member leventhal, the senator and i began our investigation. obviously we were time limited by the end of this year and end of this congress, the end of my service here. i am grateful not only to the senator for once again the extraordinary by partisanship we have had, but also our staffs who have worked together for well. they really work through the holiday when i must ask for my benghazi team to come down to our first floor office. the numbers were smaller than they had been earlier, but they had
during coordinated terrorist attacks on the u.s. consulate in benghazi, libya. mr. johnson: these attacks were premeditated attacks on the united states and the way of life with ties to al qaeda. this week the obama administration released a report as to exactly what happened surrounding these terrorist attacks. this report confirmed what we already knew -- there was no protest outside the consulate on september 11. it also cites systemic failures in embassy security, putting in danger the lives of every person at the compound in benghazi. this report is an important step towards stopping another attack on america and american interests overseas but one thing remains clear -- serious mistakes were made by senior officials here in washington. those mistakes cost american lives. there must be accountability. and with that i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman yields back. for what purpose does the gentlelady from texas seek recognition? ms. jackson lee: i ask unanimous consent to address the house for one minute. the speaker pro tempore: without objection, the gentlelady from
should be speaking more to the loss of brave americans in benghazi, libya, why is she the one that is pinpointed, pinpointed, pointed and with, i think, inappropriate accusations casting aspersions and doing damage to a reputation of service that is undeserving. so my words are simply this, let's be fair. let's carry on our rights as members of congress and speak to the issue of what a tragic incident that occurred in benghazi. if there is a nomination, which i hope there will be, among the many talented people that the president has, it will be his choice, senators that are eager, friends of mine, senator kerry, and others, may have this opportunity. but let us hold to the premise that you are innocent until proven guilty. that someone's great service is deserving of respect, and she is deserving of respect. susan rice is deserving of respect. let me move quickly to this idea that america cannot settle its issues of financial concern before the fiscal deadline. and see there is no cliff, because as we all well know, the simple premise of making sure that we have tax cuts for
september 11, four americans, including our ambassador, were killed in benghazi. the responsibility for security failures has now been placed on the state department. end of story? no. the deeper question is why did the u.s. intervene in libya in the first place. 20 months after a u.s.-led mission to overthrow the libyan government, militias are still battling in the streets for control. al qaeda-linked groups have a foothold in libya they did not have before u.s. intervention. why did we spend u.s. tax dollars to open the door for al qaeda in libya? the intervention itself was a disaster and it makes the case that the u.s. government's policy of intervention in libya was wrong and that everything that proceeds from that intervention is bound to be tainted. the book says, that which is crooked cannot be made straight. nothing will ever be made straight about u.s. intervention in libya. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman's time has expired. for what purpose does the gentleman from south carolina rise? without objection. mr. wilson: madam speaker, with the negotiations surrounding
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